Category: Social commentary

This post was first published on 10 May 2012. I’m not an active user of Twitter these days. Not like I was a couple of years ago. I just pop in to see what’s going on, then pop out. The other day, someone I knew said I wasn’t important. He didn’t say it to me directly. He said it to the Twitterverse, but I knew he was talking about me. It saddened me greatly, because this was a person I counted as a friend. He had helped me, and I had helped him. We laughed about life and discussed love,

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This post was first published on 20 June, 2012. It might come as somewhat of a shock to you, dear readers, but I have quite the outgoing, chatty personality. I am loud and gregarious, and generally enjoy the company others. And based on a one-dimensional appraisal of the dominant side of my personality, people are quick to attach the “party girl” tag to me. And while this tag is accurate to an extent, my true nature is that of a homebody, particularly as I get older, and especially as we head into winter. I like my own company and nothing

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Way back in 2011, I wrote a post entitled Three Words To Live By about Maria Shriver and how gracious she was. It was at the time when her marriage was going pear-shaped and her life became fodder for tabloid magazines. I thought she displayed immense courage under fire, and that post was written in response to her ability to “keep your head when all about you are losing theirs“. Since then I have noticed how our values – or lack thereof – can either help or hinder us in times of crisis or where moral choices need to be

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Last week I wrote about the sort of blogger I am and that got me thinking about the sort of blog reader I am. Bloggers are never just writers and content creators, we are also readers and consumers of content. We don’t – or shouldn’t – operate in a vacuum. Ideas about what to write take form from other sources. At least, they do for me. I subscribe to a lot of blogs and manage them all via Google Reader, categorized according to what they are about. I find it easier to catch up on my reading this way than

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I am receiving emails like this on an increasingly regular basis. And I get it. Publishing your work has never been easier and it’s relatively cheap – if not free – to do so, especially if one goes down the eBook path. Amazon allows you to create your own eBook and distribute it. All you need is your text, a decent cover graphic and you are good to go. Blurb allows you to publish your own book and have it sitting right there on your coffee table for all to see… And why wouldn’t you? Content is king. We love

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Brian Solis wrote an interesting article that popped up in my Reader this morning. The premise of his post is that businesses need to use social media to enhance the experience of their customers. One sentence resonated with me and it’s this: …the landscape for business isn’t changing because of social media, it’s changing because consumer expectations are evolving. Which brings me to the point of this post: businesses need to adapt and change the way they do business with consumers, because we are revolting. And we are revolting through social media. We are as mad as hell, and we

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Earlier this week I explained why I thought Easter kicked Christmas’s butt.  Today is Good Friday, and it has been a good day indeed. After going for a quick 3km run this morning (I wanted to run 5, but my knee played up at the 2km mark), I had @Boo_Squared over for lunch (I had promised her Nigella Lawson’s slut spaghetti), then settled in for an afternoon watching Game of Thrones (she had read the book and I told her she must watch the series). I first watched this series over Christmas in a TV binge. In two days, I had

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The other morning, I went to upload a draft to the Diane Lee Show via my iPhone 3GS. I tend to write my posts in AwesomeNote (on my iPhone on the bus to work, would you believe?) and then import them into the WordPress mobile app, save them as drafts, then edit on my laptop or desktop before uploading. But the upload failed. Twice. Hmmm. What’s that about? (Oh well, I thought, I’ll try again later. It’s probably an interwebz connection error thingy.) Later that day, I received an automated email from ifttt telling me that my WordPress settings needed

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A few weeks ago, I went to my niece’s 21st birthday celebration at a local pub. My sister has, like me, raised her daughter solo, and had paid quite a significant sum to cater for a crowd of about 40. The guest list included (mostly) my niece’s friends, a few of my sister’s friends who knew my niece, and a couple of relatives. Only 10 people turned up. My sister was devastated for more reasons than one. Apparently my niece’s boyfriend didn’t go because he didn’t like one of my niece’s friends who was supposed to be attending. He needn’t

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We live in a world that’s more connected than ever. Our voices are heard loud and clear; we can speak about any topic we like (or don’t) on any number of platforms. Our opinions and views are instantly global. Thanks to platforms like Twitter, Google+, Instagram and new kid on the block Pinterest, we can intersect with people all over the world and build relationships with them. A bit like instant pen pals, really. Take Twitter for example. I tweet regularly with people from the UK (@naturalgrump and @changecontinuum, I’m looking at you!). I found these wonderful people via timeline

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I will shout it from the rooftops to all and sundry about how much I love Twitter. I have found friends, information and entertainment because I am there. Looking for thought leadership in your field or profession? Check Twitter. Lonely and need a chat? Twitter again. Want to know what’s going on news-wise? Hop onto Twitter. Want more readers for your blog? Twitter. It really is a hub of activity and information. But it does have a dark side, and I have seen it on more than one occasion, particularly over the last few months. I do have to keep

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I bought something from Groupon a while back, and I now wished to God I hadn’t. It cemented in my world view that most companies (as with all things, there are exceptions), despite their rhetoric otherwise, really don’t care all that much about their customers or their experience. All they want is a fast buck. A quick dollar. Profit before people. And I have found companies on social media (generally speaking) are making things worse for customers in many instances, not better. They pretend that they are all kinds of caring on Twitter and Facebook  (because their presence implies they

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